Jason Warnke and Tony Leraris from Accenture's IT team join Steve Goodman and Paul Robichaux on this week's show. An early adopter of Microsoft Teams, at the time of writing Accenture currently has more active Teams users than any other customer.
Tune in for the discussion around managing Teams on such a scale using the available tooling - interesting to say the least!
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Microsoft has delayed the release of the June 2021 cumulative updates for Exchange Server for two weeks to integrate the Windows Antimalware Scan interface (AMSI). The change will allow Exchange 2016 and Exchange 2019 servers running on Windows Server 2016 or later to integrate antimalware engines to check HTTP requests for potential problems. If ever there was good reason to delay an update, this is it.Read More
On the show we talk about how Microsoft’s new scheduler, Visio, becomes free – but there’s a catch, Windows Virtual Desktop loses Windows. We’re also joined by Peter Rising to talk about Microsoft Exams and how to pass them. And as always, the key message center news you need to know.Read More
The email quarantine process is as old as email itself, and still an essential part of any email service. As far as Office 365 is concerned, Exchange Online is a world-class product and the quarantine mechanism works well, however, the current iteration of the Quarantine portal falls short in user experience and performance.Read More
The Outlook Places service uses metadata stored for conference rooms and room lists to help users find suitable meeting places. The metadata surfaces in Outlook’s Room Finder component (shared between OWA and Outlook desktop). Obviously, the better populated the room metadata is, the more useful it will be, once we all start meeting in conference rooms again!Read More
It’s important to know if a tenant has any very large distribution lists as these might be the source of reply-all mail storms. An old article explains how to report the membership counts for distribution lists on an on-premises Exchange server. Life is different in the cloud, and we need to take a different approach. This article explains how to use different calls in a PowerShell script to create a nice report about distribution list memberships.Read More
There are several areas where Microsoft could improve the way Teams handles out-of-office and away-from-work scenarios. Are the default “quiet hours” reasonable? Should there be a global setting for quiet hours or do-not-disturb? While there may be good reasons to leave some of these as a tenant-level settings, you don’t want to forget about the extra steps you must take to truly escape from Teams for a bit.Read More
Microsoft Teams uses an array of policies to control the features available to end users. Group policy assignments make it easier to assign packages of policies to groups of users. Microsoft provides a set of policy packages out of the box, and organizations can create custom packages. That is, if they have the Teams Advanced Communications license. Demanding a special license for functionality which helps tenants manage Teams better seems excessive, especially as you could relatively easily recreate policy assignments with PowerShell.Read More
A variety of methods exist to block access to a user’s Office 365 (Azure AD) account from a complete block to a conditional access policy. In this article, we examine the various methods and debate the worth of each approach. Conditional access policies are the cleanest and most effective long-term solution, but you need Azure AD premium licenses. If you don’t have those licenses, maybe one of the other approaches will work for you.Read More